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Student Board of Advisors
The Campus Network Student Board of Advisors represent the interests and concerns of our chapters and members. The board, which consists of outstanding Roosevelt students from across the country, provides guidance and counsel to the New York City office team, while representing the student voice.
Jeff Raines, Chair of the Board
Jeff Raines is a Senior at American University where he majors in Political Science. This year he is President of his Roosevelt chapter where he is currently focusing his efforts on scheduling great speakers and installing a Public Policy major at American. His primary policy interests lie in education, such as teacher pay, for-profit college reform, and overturning university speech codes. He has previously interned at the Dept. of Education and has been published in the 10 Ideas for Education Journal on AP Test reform. He has previously served as the New Chapter Coordinator for the DC Region and was a DC Summer Academy Fellow in 2011. Outside of policy, Jeff enjoys presidential trivia, cooking Chinese food, and wearing suits.Email Jeff
Pierre Joseph is a proud Massachusetts native and a junior at Amherst College, majoring in Political Science with a concentration in urban policy. After High School in Springfield, Pierre pursued a gap year internship with former U.S. Senator John Kerry, specializing in education and child welfare issues. Pierre joins the Student Board of Advisors after serving two years as a Chapter President and a state blueprint fellow. His primary policy interests revolve around the growing inequality that exists in American life in the areas of education, housing, and urban development. This past summer, Pierre interned in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Western Massachusetts’s Regional Office, primarily handling constituent services. When he is not pursuing policy work, Pierre enjoys catching up on episodes of The Newsroom. Pierre is also a 2013 YP4 Fellow.
Angela Choi is a Senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Policy at the City College of New York. Last year she served as Vice President of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network there and was also part of the Northeast Regional Team where she will collaborate with New York City Roosevelt Institute Chapters to become more connected. She has also served as her chapter's policy director of education where she and her team developed a proposal the for college students to receive work-study funds by mentoring high schools students with their college applications.
Blake O'Connor is a Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, studying public policy and global studies with a certificate in Children in Contemporary Society. Last year he served as Regional Co-Cordinator of the South. His policy areas of interest are education, economics, environmental and health policy. He is also interested in international and community development and social entrepreneurship. Blake enjoys running, swimming, reading and game nights.
Stephanie Schmidt is a Senior at the University of Delaware, studying public policy, political science and education. Last year she served as Policy Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic region. Her primary area of interest is education policy. Stephanie also enjoys playing lacrosse, swimming, biking and going to football and baseball games.